Making Appliance Replacement Painless

My washing machine is about to die. Andy Denny says the transmission is shot (my washer is a car!?) He already fixed my dryer once for $100 (have I mentioned how awesome it is to have friends?) so I guess I have run out of luck. Time for a new washer. And since I LOATHE our cheap developer-supplied stackable Frigidaire model, that also means a new dryer to go with the upgraded LG stackable washer I have coveted for the last 2.5 years.

$1,600 for the two. Ouch. But with a new baby on the way and a commensurate increase in laundry, I had to take the plunge.

I remembered seeing a hefty balance in my American Express Membership Rewards account statement. Hmm. Didn’t I also receive a marketing email about some sort of rewards points sale?

I always redeem my Membership Rewards for gift cards. At 5,000 points (1 point earned for every dollar you spend) for a $50 giftcard, they make great gifts. I can’t remember the last time I spent actual cash on a wedding present.

About once a year, they run a huge sale and as luck would have it, Home Depot gift cards are available at a 30% discount. My 64,000 points (I put all my business purchases onto one card, LOVE being an entrepreneur) got me $900 in giftcards. Can we say PSYCHED?

Home Depot provides free delivery & old appliance haul-away, plus they were running a promotion that got me another $175 off. Add in 4% MrRebates and the entire purchase cost me about $400 in cash.

With deals like that, I am looking forward to the kitchen appliances breaking too!

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Kathy Zucker

Author: Kathy Zucker

Mom of 3. Accidental entrepreneur. Fencer. New York Life Shorty Award #KeepGoodGoing winner & judge. Helping parents & kids get to work since 2010 as Metro Moms Network CEO.

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